This really chaps my butt. Using eminent domain to take property from one private citizen to give it to a corporation for private use.
Our founding fathers would call for armed revolution again for this.
Kinda follows a trend. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has been speaking out against the "corporatization" of our government. Here's an excerpt from a recent article:
Robert Kennedy Jr.: Is America Becoming a Fascist State?
RUSSELL MOKHIBER AND ROBERT WEISSMAN
January 21, 2005
. . .
For the past couple of years, he's been giving 40 or so speeches a year,
mostly in the red zone, mostly to conservative groups.
He speaks about the corporate attack on the country.
"There is no difference between the reaction I get from Republicans and
Democrats, because Americans share the same values," Kennedy told us. "If
you talk about these issues in terms of our national values, everybody
In the book, Kennedy implies that we live in a fascist country and that the
Bush White House has learned key lessons from the Nazis.
"While communism is the control of business by government, fascism is the
control of government by business," he writes. "My American Heritage
Dictionary defines fascism as â€˜a system of government that exercises a
dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state
and business leadership together with belligerent nationalism.' Sound
He quotes Hitler's propaganda chief Herman Goerring [Joseph Goebbels -- Kris]: "It is always simply a
matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist
dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. The people can
always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have
to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for
lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in
Kennedy then adds: "The White House has clearly grasped the lesson."
Kennedy also quotes Benito Mussolini's insight that "fascism should more
appropriately be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and
"The biggest threat to American democracy is corporate power," Kennedy told
us. "There is vogue in the White House to talk about the threat of big
government. But since the beginning of our national history, our most
visionary political leaders have warned the American public against the
domination of government by corporate power.
"That warning is missing in the national debate right now. Because so much
corporate money is going into politics, the Democratic Party itself has
dropped the ball. They just quash discussion about the corrosive impact of
excessive corporate power on American democracy."